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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the dead heat between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh and other Olympic Trials goings on. Franklin Foer also joins the show to discuss Spain’s big win over Italy at Euro 2012 and the crazed genius of Italy’s Mario Balotelli. Finally, they talk about the arrival at long last of a playoff system in college football.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Late-breaking news: Jeneba Tarmoh has conceded her spot on the U.S. squad to Allyson Felix.
- Tim Layden’s SI.com interview with photo finish examiner Roger Jennings.
- Letsrun.com’s interview with Jennings.
- NBC is hyping the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
- Spain slaughtered Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final.
- Brian Phillips’ Grantland piece on the weird and wacky Mario Balotelli.
- Will Balotelli’s race prevent him from becoming an Italian national hero?
- Was Portugal right to put Cristiano Ronaldo fifth in line during its penalty shootout with Spain?
- College football will, at last, have a playoff system.
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